Webster University students and alumni are invited to participate in two professional development opportunities related to jobs and internships.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m.
Webster University in St. Louis (University Center Grant Gymnasium)

Webster University’s Career Planning & Development Center will host local and national organizations at its annual Career & Internship Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. This event will enable students and alumni to connect in-person with a diverse array of employers, from corporations to nonprofits, for internships, volunteer and full-time positions.

The fair will feature organizations such as:  Emerson, Maritz, Enterprise, Peace Corps, SSM, Momentum, Teach for America and more.  Professional attire is strongly recommended.

For more information log into GorlokJobshttps://webster-csm.symplicity.com/students, Webster University’s online career management system or call (314) 246-7967.

Thursday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Online Via Any Internet-Enabled Device

Webster University’s Office of Corporate Partnerships will host its first-ever Global Online Career and Internship Expo for students and alumni.  During this event, recruiters and representatives from companies that operate around the world will engage in real-time with participants via online chat to discuss internship and employment opportunities.  In addition, students and alumni can use this event to enhance their professional networks.  The expo will feature corporations including Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise Bank and Trust, MOHELA and Stifel Nicolaus, among others.

Registration is required to take advantage of this opportunity.  Register now and visit webster.edu/virtualexpo to learn how to prepare for this event.


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joe-robertsJoe Roberts, Ph.D., associate professor of management and director of the entrepreneurship program at the Walker School of Business & Technology, has been named editor-in-chief of Administrative Sciences.  This journal is an international, peer-reviewed open access publication that communicates knowledge and research concerning organization theory, organizational development, change management, entrepreneurship and small business management, strategic management, public administration as well as interdisciplinary research in related fields, such as business, economics, natural sciences, sociology, psychology, communication theory or artificial intelligence and their implications on management, organizations and the society.

As editor-in-chief of Administrative Sciences, Associate Professor Roberts will provide leadership and play a key role in setting future direction for the journal and its position and impact. In addition he will also manage the review process for articles that are submitted for publication.  In addition to serving in this role, he is the co-editor of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and the co-project director for Webster University’s Coleman Foundation Fellows Program, which assists faculty members in their efforts to introduce entrepreneurship concepts into the curriculum for non-business majors.

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A Fix for Ferguson?

On September 26, 2014, in In the News, St. Louis Business Community, by Walker News

fergusonIn the Sept. 26 edition of Ladue News, Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School, shares his perspective on how the City of Ferguson can overcome the unrest that has followed in the wake of the death of Michael Brown. Dean Akande discusses three key areas in his commentary – job creation, education and community engagement.  Read the article for insights.

A Fix for Ferguson?

One of the few gems of good news in the aftermath of the unrest in Ferguson was the announcement from Centene Corporation that it would open a claims processing center in the troubled city. The center will create up to 200 full-time jobs with health benefits.

The announcement is a shot in the arm for the predominantly African-American city that has wrestled with relatively high levels of poverty and unemployment – even before the riots.

Poverty, lack of access to good paying jobs and feelings of economic and political marginalization are often triggers for unrest.  We applaud Centene and its CEO, Michael Niedorff, for taking steps to uplift this community.

However, Centene can’t do this alone.  Revitalization requires the teamwork of corporations, foundations, nonprofits, universities, churches, current and former elected officials and an assortment of other community leaders. Together they can examine the root causes of the riots and ensure that those underlying problems are eliminated. They should also examine other economically disadvantaged communities that are potential trouble spots, particularly in the North County area.

Here are a few other areas they could work on together:

Job creation: Unemployment is disproportionately higher among African-Americans than whites in the greater St. Louis metro region. Area corporations should consider following in the footsteps of Centene by creating jobs in Ferguson or making commitments to hire residents who live within that zip code. They should team up with the local school districts to offer internships or part-time jobs to promising students and develop pathways to steer them to college or the vocations. They could also make financial commitments to the city, such as paying for the installation of cameras in patrol cars or renovating or building recreational facilities.

Take the ivy tower to the streets: The greater St. Louis region is home to a large number of colleges and universities, many of which offer job-training programs. St. Louis Community College, which operates a campus within a mile of the neighborhood that was at the heart of the riots, offers numerous job-training opportunities, but participation by Ferguson residents needs to be increased. This could be a great opportunity for the college to partner with community organizations, corporations and the city to attract young people. Some of these partner organizations could consider underwriting some or all of the educational costs for these students.

The other St. Louis-based colleges should consider working together to study underlying problems like crime, unemployment, underemployment and poverty issues dogging Ferguson – and devise solutions to vanquish them. They could also use their unique resources and programs to benefit the community. Locally based universities and colleges could use Ferguson as a testing ground for the implementation of many of these innovative ideas. Other universities should consider picking individual issues and focus on tackling them. Academics specializing in public administration and law enforcement, for instance, could study the idea of encouraging a merger of the 24 police departments that serve North County municipalities in an attempt to create a more diverse law enforcement agency.

Develop a collective voice: Corporations, foundations, community organizations and leaders could work together to lobby the federal government for financial resources, such as economic development funds and disaster recovery funds. St. Louis is the home of the some of the world’s largest and most powerful companies. It is also the hometown of some respected former elected officials, including Dick Gephardt, John Danforth and John Ashcroft. Their talents – and clout – should be enlisted in this effort.

An investment on the part of all will not be a one-way street. A community that is safe, vibrant and financially healthy is good for business. 


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Ed Adams and Michael Holmes

Join us on Wednesday, October 8 from 5-7 p.m. for a human resources panel discussion featuring Ed Adams, senior vice president of human resources for Enterprise Holdings, and Michael Holmes, president of RX Outreach.  During this event, Adams and Holmes will discuss human resources strategies related to leadership development, recruitment, retention and benefits.

“How to Recruit, Retain and Grow Talent”
Wednesday, October 8

Networking Reception from 5 -6 p.m.
Panel Discussion from 6-7 p.m.
Webster University’s East Academic Building, Room 102
545 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119
RSVP to attend this free event.

Join Remotely
If you are unable to attend the event in-person, you are welcome to view the presentation via WebEx. To join remotely, visit https://websteru.webex.com/websteru/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=923563023. The password for this event is “hrpanel“.

About the Panelists

Ed Adams is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Enterprise Holdings, the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry and the world’s largest car rental company measured by revenue, fleet and employees.  In his position, Adams is a corporate officer and responsible for leading all aspects of human resources and ensuring that Enterprise Holdings’ culture is in line with the company’s mission.

Adams joined Enterprise in 1999 and has overseen the company’s adoption of numerous best practices in human resources, such as increasing outreach to minority recruits; implementing a benefit program for same-sex partners; introducing diversity and inclusion training for company managers; creating corporate departments in training and development, immigration and relocation, employment law and labor relations; focusing on retention of talent; developing spousal/partner programs for dual-career families; and instituting and managing a senior leadership development program.

Michael Holmes serves as president of Rx Outreach, a business that was spun off from Express Scripts in 2010 and converted into a non-profit organization.  Rx Outreach provides affordable medication for people in need.  Previously, he served as executive vice president at Express Scripts.  His responsibilities included strategy, research and clinical services, human resources, purchasing, corporate real estate and management of all of the domestic subsidiaries ($1.2 billion in revenue) including ConnectYourCare, Freedom Fertility, CuraScript Specialty Distribution and HealthBridge Practitioner Access Solutions.

He joined Express Scripts in 2005 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. In March 2008, he became executive vice president and chief administrative officer.  Prior to Express Scripts, he was a principle and the chief human resources officer for Edward Jones in St. Louis and served as a member of the firm’s management and executive committees.  While there, he crafted a human capital strategy which helped the firm become the Best Place to Work in America for two consecutive years.

StefanBomhard_crop“A Family’s Secret to Success”

On Monday, Sept. 29, the Walker School will host Stefan Bomhard, regional president – Europe of Bacardi. During this event, Mr. Bomhard will offer insights on Bacardi, the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world, and share how it has expanded its business from one white rum to more than 200 brands and labels.

This event will be held at Webster University Geneva.  In addition to this viewing opportunity, St. Louis area students are invited to attend a luncheon at Webster University’s main campus to watch the presentation remotely.  RSVP to attend - 

1.  Speaker Series Event at Webster University Geneva
6 p.m. CEST presentation; reception to follow
Webster University Geneva
LLC Commons Room, Route de Collex 9
1293 Bellevue, Switzerland
RSVP to attend the lecture and reception in Geneva.

2.  Luncheon and Viewing Party at Webster University St. Louis
11 a.m. CDT; event includes a free lunch
Webster University St. Louis
Loretto Hall 402
470 E Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
RSVP to attend the luncheon in St. Louis.

Real Life, Real Money, Real Solutions

On September 18, 2014, in Announcements, Career Insight, by Walker News

Luncheon with Renaissance Financial Advisors presented by Walker EDGE

Students and faculty are invited to network with professionals in the financial field during a luncheon with Renaissance Financial:

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
11:45 a.m. luncheon; presentation to begin at 12 p.m.
Webster University St. Louis
East Academic Building, Room 102
545 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119

During this seminar, you’ll gain strategies for managing your money and maximizing your earning potential.  In addition, a recruiter from Renaissance Financial will offer insights on the job search process and what it is like to work in the industry.  Regardless of your major, this seminar is sure to increase your financial management skills.  

Attire for “Real LIFE, Real MONEY, Real SOLUTIONS” is business casual.  The event includes a free lunch.  RSVP now.


How to Stay Up When You’re Down

On September 18, 2014, in Career Insight, by Walker News

smiley-faceIf you’re feeling down and you think there is no end to life’s troubles, don’t be in distress! This month we’re going to give you a little breath of fresh air. When initially talking about a loss of a job, I always encourage people to give themselves time to react – feel the shock and devastation – then regroup and move forward. When you’ve been in the job hunt for an extended period of time, the same holds true. Give yourself time to take a deep breath, decompress, and begin again. While this can be easier said than done. So I’ve compiled several suggestions to help you stay up when you’re down.

What can I do to keep my mental health? Find out what drives you. What challenges you? What keeps your brain engaged? It could be reading a good book, or doing research on the Internet. Actually, doing research on companies of interest in the job search may be how you stay engaged mentally.

Stay mentally focused by keeping some sort of structure to your day. While you may not have to get up at 6 a.m. anymore, it’s important that you have a scheduled time to wake up, work, stop for lunch and call it a day.

Learn from the experts. A professional coach can help you ease over the bumps or steer you clear of them all together. Keep an eye on whether or not the activity in your day is focused on what and where you want to be. Don’t be afraid to connect or contract with a professional coach to help see you through the fog and weather the storm. There are a lot of support groups out there, but none can replace the benefits of a personalized approach to your career. If your marketing plan looks generic (like everyone else’s), then you can’t expect to stand out from the crowd!

What can I do to keep my physical health? Find out what is necessary to burn off stress. If exercise works for you, find ways to fit in time to stretch, build strength and burn off excess calories and anxiety.

If escaping through reading, a bubble bath by candlelight, or a massage burns off stress physically, then make time for those activities. If necessary, schedule it on your calendar and make all other appointments work around this entry. Find out what gives you those moments of relaxation so you can escape from reality for just a few minutes. Find a positive outlet for all of your pent up frustration or anxiety.

If you escape by helping others, use some of your free time to volunteer. Through volunteer work and helping others who are less fortunate, you have an opportunity to see that there are still many good things happening in your life. Often times helping others clean up, build or repair keeps you active and reminds you that you still have value.

What can I do to keep my emotional health? Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you set realistic expectations each day and concentrate on what you can do today, you can be productive without added stress. Keep in mind that this process is not like training for a marathon. You just need to inch forward that one meter. Keep some forward movement. It can be small, but it is still forward.

Keep believing in yourself. Yes, you’re going to be “rejected.” It happens to all of us, almost every day in one way or another. But never forget that you have value. My friend Monica used to go to her “feel good file” whenever she was feeling down. In this file she kept various notes from over the years that acquaintances, bosses, co-workers and friends had written to her; in those writings she found encouragement, thanks and kudos for her work or input in their lives. These always made her feel good and helped her rebuild her confidence.

We all know that many times the stress of a job loss will affect other areas of our lives.  Don’t be afraid to connect with a trusted advisor who will allow you to vent your frustration. They are there to listen. They are not there to give you feedback. Set a time limit, vent as much as you can during that time frame, then be done with it. If you do need more than just a listener, seek out a professional who has been trained to give unbiased, logical, helpful feedback on your situation.

Find places to laugh at life and yourself. I know this may seem hard, but find something funny and just have a good laugh.  Watch a stand-up comedian or find a funny movie. A friend of mine recently adopted a dog. Although this should have meant more work, the amount of enjoyment from the companionship and the funny things the dog does has lightened her life immensely during this very difficult time. For her, companionship plus a reason to get out and walk several times a day equals stress release and a renewed frame of mind.

Never stop developing and finding the balance in your work and life. It is critical for your mental, physical and emotional health. It’s hard to remember this will all pass, but when you look back, you’ll realize that when you are challenged is when real growth in life happens. The challenges are what give us character and help us define who we are. I know some of you are protesting that you would rather have a little less stress right now, take the time to ask the deeper questions. What will give my life real meaning moving forward? How can I build in support systems that will take me to a better place mentally, physically and emotionally? Before you find the answers, you first have to ask!

About the Author:
david hults-2014David Hults is a nationally known career coach and speaker, as well as a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University where he also completed graduate courses toward his MBA.  Since 1987, Hults is the author of five books, a CD coaching series and has created the most sought after interview flash card set, which makes the interview simplified and painless.  His experience in human resources led him to work for Express Scripts, a Fortune 500 company, as well as one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, BJC.  He has been coaching individuals for more than 20 years on how to break through individual roadblocks while also delivering speeches across the nation discussing how to manage change in careers and organizations today. For more information, visit his website at http://activ8careers.com


Corporations Gain Access to an International Pool of Student and Alumni Talent

St. Louis (Sept. 15, 2014) – As tech-savvy Millenials prepare to work in an increasingly competitive job market, Webster University is taking the process online by hosting its first-ever virtual career and internship expo.  This event, which will be held Thursday, October 9 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT, will connect Webster University students and alumni worldwide with employers who seek to hire candidates for jobs and internships.

Unlike a traditional job fair, participants don’t have to put on their interview suits in order to get their résumés in the hands of recruiters.  Instead, they will interact with corporate recruiters in a virtual environment via web chat.

Webster’s Global Online Career and Internship Expo is open to students and alumni from all majors and areas.  In order to participate in the expo, students and alumni must create a profile that includes their contact information, majors and campus location.  They can also upload cover letters and résumés for companies to review.

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and chief of corporate partnerships, explained that this expo has the potential to be, “a game-changer for the institution because it enable students and alumni, no matter where they are, to connect with potential employers.”

More than 700 participants from 18 countries have already registered for the expo, and these numbers are expected to increase as the event approaches.

In addition to discussing jobs and internships with prospective employers, the expo will provide students and alumni with professional development resources.  Among these, students and alumni can participate in group chats with industry professionals to discuss personal branding, interviewing techniques and more.

Employers will also receive benefits from partnering with Webster on this event.  “For companies that operate in the U.S. and around the world, this expo is a great way for them to attract qualified applicants while accelerating the hiring process and reducing recruiting costs,” Akande said.  “It also provides them with access to an international pool of student and alumni talent from a wide range of industries and backgrounds.”

The expo will feature corporations including Anheuser-Busch, Enterprise Bank and Trust, MOHELA and Stifel Nicolaus, among others.

To learn more about this event and register, visit webster.edu/virtualexpo.



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Walker Dean Shares 10 Codes to Live By

On September 8, 2014, in Announcements, Career Insight, by Walker News

Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, shares his 10 Codes to Live by.  Take a look at his list.


Walker Alum on the Economy

On September 2, 2014, in Announcements, In the News, by Walker News

249e757Maria Alejandra Arias, a 2013 M.A. in Management and Leadership and B.A. in Economics graduate from Webster University, is sharing her finance knowledge through her role as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  Among her list of publications, Arias has dug into the topics of  job growth, liquidity, bitcoin and more. In her latest publication, “What Does Money Velocity Tell Us About Low Inflation in the U.S.?“, which was co-authored by Assistant Vice President and Economist Yi Wen, readers gain an understanding of how the velocity of money can be calculated and subsequently used to gauge the economy’s strength or people’s willingness to spend money.

Read the article for insights and view Arias’ other publications.